Psalm 27:11 “Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.”
One of the attributes of King David that goes overlooked is his ability to take instruction. It is seen throughout the Psalms. Five times in Psalm 25 alone, he cries out to God to teach him.
Psalm 25:4-5 “Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.”
Psalm 25:8-9 “Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.”
Often, we find that our way strays from God’s when something goes wrong, or we experience the bad fruit of decisions we made without God’s leadership and guidance. Trusting His promise can bring such peace when we fully trust His way, and not ours.
Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”
When we come to learn, there is a spirit of humility. It is an admittance of lack on our part and respect for those we look to teach us. There is a submission to their authority. But where man is concerned, the submission cannot be absolute. Only God deserves that right.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Only God is faithful to keep all that He has promised.
Man will, and often, fail us.
When you sit underneath the preaching of God’s Word, how do you know that what is said is the truth and not just an opinion? Can we discern between what may be personal philosophy and biblical truth?
God knew our hearts – He created it.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
He comes right out and declares to us that His way is the only way. His way is the right way. Even if it may seem to us ‘old fashioned,’ we need to hear all that God has for us.
Jeremiah 6:16 “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.“
But, as in Jeremiah’s time, our rebellious nature rears its ugly head, and we must choose.
So, how do we remain in the state of ‘teachableness?’
I chose a job in the military repairing and calibrating test equipment. They taught us that there are standards by which we calibrate the equipment we use to test all others. They trained us that there were standards that are universally agreed upon by which we calibrate to and compare all others.
God sets the standard for us. His Word is the plumbline by which we align ourselves. When we come alongside the standard and find we are not in alignment, correction is needed. Humility and submission make the way easier for correction to come.
When you and I understand that the correction God brings into our life is because He loves us, we can more readily accept it.
Proverbs 3:12 “For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”
Hebrews 12:6-7 “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?”
The indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God allows me to check all decisions with Him to know which way I should go, what to choose, with whom to fellowship, and how to go about a matter.
John 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
In faith, we must pray for God to do that which He promised. In faith, we must accept that what we hear is what we should do and leave the results up to Him.
Far too often, I fail to trust God fully and draw back from my complete obedience. It is then I want to have control and will only relinquish it when I either have no more strength or yield all my strength to God’s way once more.
I know my God desires me to experience the best part of Himself. In doing so, I have found that yielding and submitting to His way above mine works every time.
Finally, David’s example of what to do when confronted with our failure should be our plumbline for repentance.
Psalm 51:10-13 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”
Pride is the enemy of submission and humility.
No matter our age, place, or time of life, cultivating and maintaining a teachable spirit will always go farther than a “know-it-all” attitude. There is only One who truly knows all. He is worthy of all our faith and trust.